Does Dehydration Cause Cramping Or Spasms?

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Definition

Spasms are contractions of the muscles of the hands, thumbs, feet, or toes. Spasms are usually brief, but they can be severe and painful.

See also: Muscle cramps


Alternative Names

Foot spasms; Carpopedal spasm; Spasms of the hands or feet


Considerations

Depending on the cause, the following symptoms may be present:

  • Cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness, tingling, or a "pins and needles" feeling
  • Twitching
  • Uncontrolled, purposeless, rapid motions

Nighttime leg cramps are common in the elderly.


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